The jade plant is a most famous succulent houseplant with fleshy, oval-shaped leaves. Jade plants belong to the Crassula family. They need an even hand with water and plenty of light to develop their full potential. Given proper conditions, the jade plant will produce white flowers in the late winter, making an attractive and mildly fragrant display. Sometimes called the money plant or dollar plant, these plants were once thought to bring good luck to their owners so were often given as housewarming gifts.
They require very little water but grow best in bright light with at least a bit of direct sunlight. As your jade plant grows, it will naturally drop older leaves. An increase in the rate of leaf loss, however, may indicate a problem. To fix it, you may need to adjust your watering schedule and check your plant for pests. Low light and cold temperatures may also be to blame, as can leaf shining products. The following indications to look after.
Problems your Jade is facing: Symptom 1: Lower leaves on your plant are shriveling up and then falling off.
Care: check the soil. If it is completely dry, water your plant thoroughly. Water a jade plant every time the top inch of its soil is dries out. Jade plants add leaves and shoots during the summer and need more water during those months. The plant will use less water in the winter but will still need a drink every now and then. Symptom 2: Leaves turn yellow and start to drop off.
Care: Jade plants don't like wet feet and are vulnerable to root rot. Never leave your jade plant's pot in standing water. Check your plant's soil, If it is damp or soggy, withhold water until the soil dries out completely. Symptom 3: Jade's trunk or branches section becoming soft.
Care: Remove the plant from its pot and wash the soil away from the roots. Cut off any soft branches or roots and then repot the plant in a potting mix specifically formulated for cacti. Use a clean pot when replanting your jade in case the rot is the result of a fungal infection. Symptom 4: Leaf drop and deformed leaves because of pest infestation.
Care: Jade plants are vulnerable to infestations of mealybugs and scale insects. Mealies and scale make jade leaves sticky and can encourage the growth of molds. Treat mealies and scale by dabbing them with a paintbrush or cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Avoid insecticidal soaps and sprays as they can damage the plant itself. Treat any pests you find daily until they are gone.
Other tips to take care of the Jade plant: 1. Jade plants prefer full sun and like four or more hours of sunlight each day. They are best in a room with south-facing windows. 2. A well-drained succulent mix is best, with an ideal pH of around 6.0 (slightly acidic). 3. During the summer and spring, jade plants should be watered often so the soil is moist but not wet, making sure drainage is immaculate. Reduce watering to monthly in the winter. Also never use leaf shine products on jade plants as it will cause all their leaves to turn yellow and fall off. Household chemicals and cleaners have a similar effect if they touch the leaves. Jade plant leaves shine naturally if they are dust-free and the plant is healthy. If dust dulls the shine on your plant, simply wipe the leaves gently with a soft cloth.
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